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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui May 1st 2017

We drove up to Surat Thani from Satun to meet up with Scott's friend Glen and his partner Jo who are over on holiday. It's a nice drive up and I'm looking forward to a few days away from the yard. It's been a few years since I have been in Koh Samui but I enjoyed it the last time and looking forward to meeting new friends. We caught the ferry over and drove out to their resort on the south east corner of the island, a beautiful place and a beautiful room, the resort has several swimming pools and the weather is beautiful. We meet up with Glen and Jo on arrival and join them for lunch. The first night was hillarious will us all sitting in the water with an esky full of drinks ... read more
waiting on the ferry

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui February 12th 2017

We've spent the last four days in Koh Samui, unfortunately for us it rained on two of those days, which is annoying. When we first got to the island we found that they offered indoor skydiving, so we thought why not! That was an interesting experience, it's A LOT harder than it looks, I thought I'd be floating like an elegant butterfly, turns out I am more like an old helium balloon flapping around in the wind. It was really fun but gave me a sore back. They also offered Go Karting which Mikey did. Something we've both wanted to do for a while is Scuba Dive, and we found the perfect trip which we booked for our second day on the island. We were picked up from our hotel nice and early and taken to ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui February 11th 2017

After my calamitous couple of days in Railay the time had come for me to yet move on again. My plan was to head north to the Gulf of Thailand, kick it for a bit in the islands, and then head for Bangkok. My first stop would be Koh Samui. Traveling there would entail the following; a taxi boat - minibus 1 - minibus 2 - standard bus - ferry - foot. Twelve hours later and $450b lighter I had arrived onto the island and made my way down the street where I would find a simple guesthouse that had a television with English channels including the BBC. Here I was on a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand and I was excited to have a TV. I have not sat and watched TV in ... read more
The Famous DonSak Pier

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui October 6th 2016

We said some sad goodbyes and with a heavy heart we left Cape Town for our first trip to Asia. Three flights later and we arrived in Koh Samui. We picked Koh Samui based on a travel program we had watched earlier that year as it looked so beautiful. Koh Samui is Thailand's second largest island. We had been so busy that we were very much looking forward to relaxing and lying on a beach soaking up some sun. As an anniversary/birthday present to Alex we stayed for four nights in a lovely place called "Palm Cocoa Mantra". We had a spectacular view and it was probably the best view i've ever had from a hotel room. If you want a few days to unwind, we would certainly recommend it. The staff are so helpful, polite ... read more
Gorgeous views from our balcony
Travelling life...
Lamai food market

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui January 2nd 2016

Saturday 2nd January 2016 We were leaving Koh Lanta today to make our way over to the Island of Koh Samui, which is situated in the Gulf of Thailand and on the east side of the country. As we were currently on the west side of the country this would require a number of different transport methods in order to get there. We checked out of the hotel at 7:30 am and waited for the mini bus to pick us up to start the first leg of our journey. The journey would be as follows; minibus to Krabi on the mainland, change to a bigger bus to drive to Donsack where we would then take the ferry to Koh Samui. A journey consisting of 3 different vehicles and a 7 hour journey. Quite simple really. This ... read more
Muay Thai
Chaweng beach
Resident monkey eating a slipper

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui October 21st 2015

It was a short and pleasant ferry ride over from Langkawi to Satun in the southwest of Thailand. Passing through customs was no problem, so off I went via a short songthaew ride to the bus station, followed by a bus trip, followed by some dodgy directions, to overnight it at Hay Yai Youth Hostel (8USD), Hat Yai! I swiftly booked my onward travel through the hostel, opting for the minivan / ferry combo ticket up to Ko Samui via Surat Thani. It was a long and drawn out trip from what I remember. I remember having to change minivan for some reason, perhaps at Surat Thani to pick up people who had flown down from Bangkok maybe, and then getting the ferry from Donsak Pier across to Samui. It was late when I eventually arrived ... read more
Ark Bar
Bophut Beach
Sunrise & Sunset Beach from lookout

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui March 25th 2015

After a relaxing day at sea, we were up and at em for a day of circling the island of Ko Samui to take an elephant ride, watch a demonstration of a monkey retrieving coconuts (trained to do so because they are faster and more adept than people), watched an elephant do some tricks and visited a waterfall nearby. A cooking demonstration was thrown in for good measure (Papaya Salad) but I don’t think we will be trying it at home. Next stop was a rubber tree demonstration- fascinating to see the liquid pour out of the tree to eventually become a tire. Big export here along with coconuts. Then it was time for lunch which was at a beautiful seaside location. Picture of the setting below but what we didn’t take was the pile of ... read more
Rubber tree sap
Finished Product
Thai Beer

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui March 11th 2015

Spontana beslut är det bästa. Lamai är bajs. Vi kom, vi gick runt, vi lämnade. Det fanns en strand och barer. Thats it. En bit ifrån kunde man prova på skytte, vilket kanske hade varit kul, men inte värt att stanna för det. Staden var för övrigt mest full av medelålders strandpotäter. Vi var där max 2 timmar. Vi bestämde oss för att helt planera om hela rutten och dra till Khao Sok och Ko Phi phi. För att vi kan. Tog en taxi tillbaka till hamnen för en svensk hundralapp, men hellre att veta vad man missar och vara glad än att inte veta. Hamnstaden var så mycket mysigare. Liten stad som i stort sett var tre gator bred. Den översta gatan var bilvägen, där fanns större affärer, nästa gata var gågatan med alla affärer, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui February 10th 2015

Relativ kort rejse Vi fik tjekket ud og fik lidt morgenmad inden vi skulle med bus fra Khao Sok til havnen, hvor vi skulle fange en båd til Koh Samui. Det ville ca. tage 3.5 time med bussen. Jeg brugte tiden i bussen på at skrive lidt på min blog. Det kunne jeg ligeså godt, for man kunne ikke hører særlig meget grundet at bussen larmede helt vildt meget. Da vi ramte havnen gik der ikke særlig lang tid før vi var ombord på båden. Så var det ca. to timer før vi var fremme på Koh Samui. Det tog sin tid at komme af båden og vi kom af i små grupper. Da alle var kommet af og vi var samlet tog vi afsted mod hotellet. Vi sad på ladet af en pickup truck, hvilket ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui January 29th 2015

I flew into Bangkok and eventually met up with Clay, Marc, Kim and Meg for a long awaited reunion – a little over three years since I had seen most of them in London! We caught our flight to Koh Samui and headed to our hotel before meeting up with some of the party who were already there including Leo, the bride to be. We wandered along the beach and were treated to an impromptu fireworks display which was nice of them to welcome us like that. Our first day here was mainly spent by the beach and the pool – where a lot of the holiday was spent to be honest! I was happy enough exploring locally as there was plenty to see and do around here. On our second day we had Andy’s stag ... read more
Bachelor's Party
Boat Trip #1
Boat Trip #2

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